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SCALE 9X, Day 2.0: Sunday morning coming down

February 27, 2011 2 comments

Yeah, it’s the last day, but there’s no reason why you can’t join in. Registration is still open for SCALE 9X — register now by clicking on the winking penguin. Better do it quick, though — SCALE 9X wraps up at the end of the day.!

First on the to-do list when I get home: Lobby the legislature to make days longer; 36 hours apiece, maybe. The reason is that I can never get enough things done during the course of a 24-hour day, especially where shows like SCALE 9X are involved.

As for Saturday, SCALE 9X was — in the words of Jim Rome — “phenomenal,” and it appears that Sunday is looking pretty good, too. The Fedora booth was well attended and superbly staffed — Tom Callaway, Alex Acosta, Robyn Bergeron and Scott Williams (and, of course, yours truly) — and with a team like that in a booth, you can be sure that Fedora is putting its best face forward.

SCALE 9X is in a bigger venue this year, with more booths, however the “traffic” problem that has been an issue in years past at the Westin was not evident. In fact, the masses of people descending locust-like onto booths were not as cramped as in years past, and the fact that nearly 1,700 badges were made — for those of you keeping score at home, those are the people who paid and attended — attest to the fact that SCALE and the Hilton may be doing more business for years to come.

Another point that needs magnifying is the wireless at SCALE 9X. With a couple of hiccups, the wireless has been very good at the show overall. Bear in mind that when you have 1,700 geeks running around with wireless capability, you’re going to have glitches mostly borne of heavy use. For those of you who don’t get that, and have blasted the show because you couldn’t get on line at one particular point or another, you need to reassess this.

Again, with my duties as a Fedora booth babe and a SCALE official, I didn’t have the time to be one of the aforementioned locust, but I’m hoping that the typically slower pace of the show on Sunday will lend itself to some swag runs. In addition. I’ll report back with the best swag of the show in a later missive.

Time to suit up in my hockey jersey . . . .

[FSF Associate Member] (Fedora ambassador Larry Cafiero runs Redwood Digital Research in Felton, California, and is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation. He is also one of the founders of the Lindependence Project.)
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SCALE 9X, Day 1.0: Saturday morning

February 26, 2011 1 comment

Yeah, it already started, but there’s no reason why you can’t join in. Registration is still open for SCALE 9X — register now by clicking on the winking penguin. Better do it quick, though — SCALE 9X is this weekend!

To put Day 0 to rest, the evening started out with a nice dinner with fellow SCALE Publicity Co-Chair Orv Beach and my family, which was followed by the UpSCALE talks. The talks, patterned after Ignite Talks where speakers are given five minutes with slides automatically advancing every 20 seconds (so that’s 20 slides per speaker), are a challenge and fortunately for me, Mimi and I were up to the task. Each of the talks were very interesting and funny, whether it was Mark Terranova in his penguin suit or Amber Graner giving us the true Southern translation of the expression “bless your heart.” Rikki Kite’s presentation about media hit close to home and, as a newpaper guy, I was glad to see her “tips” for techies get out into the wild.

Another thing about last night: I received my SCALE hockey jersey. Those of you who know me know I don’t like hockey — it’s a difficult sport because a.) it involves ice skating, b.) it involves trying to keep an object ahead of you while ice skating and c.) it involves trying to stay upright while your opponent tries to knock you down while you try to keep the object ahead of you while ice skating. However, truth be told, if there’s any jersey I can wear without looking like a complete idiot, it’s a hockey jersey. So Gareth Greenaway made up jerseys for the SCALE chairs, complete with name on the back, and I proudly wear mine. Just don’t blame me if you find me in the penalty box periodically during the course of the show.

Saturday morning, so far, has been catching up and a distinct longing for coffee before heading downstairs to get said coffee and setting up the Fedora booth, all along with a nagging suspicion that I should have brought more media. I parsed out swag and media for two shows — SCALE and Linux Fest Northwest — and with attendance numbers seeming to eclipse last year, I might have brought more. We’ll see.

This is report 1.0. Report 1.1 will follow, but for now I hear a cup of coffee calling my name from 16 floors below me, and its siren song cannot be resisted. More later.

[FSF Associate Member] (Fedora ambassador Larry Cafiero runs Redwood Digital Research in Felton, California, and is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation. He is also one of the founders of the Lindependence Project.)
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SCALE 9X Day 0: Friday at the Hilton

February 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Yeah, it started, but there’s no reason why you can’t join in. Registration is still open for SCALE 9X — register now by clicking on the winking penguin. Better do it quick, though — SCALE 9X is this weekend!

I’m getting too old for this. Either that or I should train for events like this, sort of like training for a marathon.

I say this because it’s roughly 3 in the afternoon and already my bed is looking good. Whether it’s press duties for SCALE or FAD duties for the Fedora Project, I’m getting a lot of things done in a little bit of time. Tonight I have an UpSCALE talk with my darling daughter on “Linux Family Cafiero” — Here’s a story, of a man name Larry . . . .

I had a presentation this morning on “User Groups 2.0: Noob Morning in America” that was great. Sadly, the A/V side of things were not up to snuff, and whether or not the presentation was worthwhile watching for those who tuned in remains to be seen. Regardless, SCALE is turning out to be an outstanding event so far, and it’s only about six hours old.

One of the more interesting facets of the show so far is that the Fedora Activity Day is SRO — there are a lot more people than were expected for the event. That’s a good thing on several levels.

Two things that need special mention:

Numbers: It appears that the numbers are up this year so far. With more than 700 registered so far on Friday and another thousand yet to be registered — those would be the ones coming for the weekend — augmented by walk-ups that invariably show up, we’re looking at a record number going forward.

A quote: “There’s no patch for human stupidity.” I got that from Clint Savage of Purple Atom and the Fedora Project, though truth be told, I don’t know the origin of the quote.

I’ll report back about UpSCALE later in the evening. Now if there’s a place for me to lie down for awhile . . . .

[FSF Associate Member] (Fedora ambassador Larry Cafiero runs Redwood Digital Research in Felton, California, and is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation. He is also one of the founders of the Lindependence Project.)
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SCALE 9X: Where ‘awesome’ starts in 2011

February 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Registration is now open for SCALE 9X — register now by clicking on the winking penguin. Better do it quick, though — SCALE 9X is about to start!

Truth in advertising: While I don’t really have a stake in what happens this weekend at the 9th annual Southern California Linux Expo — more commonly known as SCALE 9X — I actually co-chair the publicity committee. It’s an easy job because, quite frankly, this show more than any other really speaks eloquently for itself, and I just have to point at any facet of the show, smile and say “see?”

But even if I didn’t have a personal say in what gets publicized for the event, I’d still say that it’s an outstanding show.

SCALE 9X is where “awesome” spends the first part of the year before heading out to the other Linux/FOSS shows. It starts somewhere, and it starts in Los Angeles.

Two excellent keynoters — Leigh Honeywell and Jane Silber — will have their keynotes streamed live on 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Pacific Time. They lead a field of more than 90 speakers (one of which is me, of course) who begin with presentations on Friday morning at 9 (where you can hear “User Groups 2.0: Noob Morning in America” by yours truly in Los Angeles CD) and end Sunday afternoon. Throw in the mix an exhibit floor with more than 100 exhibitors and other pretty amazing things — laser tag on Saturday night — and you have a pretty solid expo.

The thing is, it’s all community-run. Unlike some of the larger shows which are put on by corporate entities — O’Reilly for OSCON and IDG for some of the others — the same group of guys have been putting this together, contributing their time and effort, and it’s a world-class show. I wear the “Hi, I’m Johnny-Come-Lately” nametag because I’ve only worked on the show for the last two years, but I can tell you that this is a pro-level operation. It’s an honor and a privilege to work with the SCALE 9X staff.

One of the highlights, personally speaking, will be the Fedora Activity Day, which Clint Savage so eloquently explains here. While other distros are partying hearty, Fedora is putting its nose in a book and helping the people who participate in its community to study in order to successfully pass the Red Hat Certified Engineer test.

There’s still time to register for SCALE 9X: Go here and click on the registration tab. You won’t be sorry.

And maybe the “A” in SCALE — now representing the latter part of the abbreviation for “California” — can be “Awesome” instead, making it the Southern California AWESOME Linux Expo. Why not? It would fit.

Larry the Free Software guy will report from SCALE 9X as time allows. Watch this space.

[FSF Associate Member] (Fedora ambassador Larry Cafiero runs Redwood Digital Research in Felton, California, and is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation. He is also one of the founders of the Lindependence Project.)
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Giving credit where credit is due

February 16, 2011 2 comments

Registration is now open for SCALE 9X — register now by clicking on the winking penguin.

Last week, Amber Graner did an interview with yours truly here. And when answering the question about my activities outside of Fedora — in which I am primarily involved when it comes to FOSS — I had a long, rambling answer about Lindependence 2008 and The Lindependence Project. But in tooting that particular horn, I mentioned Ken Starks but I neglected to mention two others who were — and still are — instrumental in the formation of The Lindependence Project and its ongoing maintenance.

Mea culpa, Stephen Rufle and Bob Lewis.

Stephen Rufle came up to Felton a few years ago from Phoenix, bringing his two boys and about a hundred stuffed penguins he makes at Open Animals. Using the GPL to license its patterns, Open Animals produces open source stuffed penguins — if you’re so inclined, you can fork the pattern to make the penguin, or animal, of your choice, providing you release your creation under the GPL That’s how it works. Anyway, Stephen and his sons were instrumental in making Lindependence 2008 a success back at its inception, and Stephen has, to date, hosted the lindependence.org site, which is currently undergoing a massive facelift. The reason for that is we’re holding Lindependence Hours at various locations in Northern California and, watch this space, we’ll be holding a Lindependence 2011 on or near Independence Day in Felton, California, at the Felton Presbyterian Church. Watch this space, and thanks very much for all you do for FOSS, Stephen.

I wish I had enough words that would be fitting for the superlatives Bob Lewis deserves. I met Bob at the Richard Stallman presentation at Cabrillo College in February 2008. Bob is a retired AT&T engineer who had also spent some time working at SCO — when it was the Santa Cruz Operation, based here in Santa Cruz, at a time when produced pretty good software before moving to Utah to become a litigation company. Bob was tireless in organizing and helping folks at Lindependence 2008, as well as being a spark plug in getting Felton LUG moving. Not only this, Bob is also an energetic evangelist for Linux and FOSS in the area, converting and helping many folks whom he has converted to Ubuntu. It would be nice to have a dollar for every time he comes to Redwood Digital and says, “Well, I have another convert.” If anyone deserves to be at the top of the list for credit in Lindependence’s success — the Felton Farmers Market Linux booth and the Felton LUG are offshoots of this success — it’s Bob, and again I apologize for not mentioning it in the interview.

Thanks again guys for all you do.

[FSF Associate Member] (Fedora ambassador Larry Cafiero runs Redwood Digital Research in Felton, California, and is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation. He is also one of the founders of the Lindependence Project.)
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Shameless self-promotion

February 11, 2011 1 comment

Registration is now open for SCALE 9X — register now by clicking on the winking penguin.

Amber Graner of Linux Pro Magazine took the time for an interview at FUDCon last month, and I hope I didn’t disappoint.

For everything you wanted to know about Larry the Free Software Guy — and there will be a test on this later — go here.

[FSF Associate Member] (Fedora ambassador Larry Cafiero runs Redwood Digital Research in Felton, California, and is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation. He is also one of the founders of the Lindependence Project.)
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Administrivia Miscellanea

February 10, 2011 2 comments

Registration is now open for SCALE 9X — register now by clicking on the winking penguin. More on SCALE below.

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A couple of things on the front burner to tie up loose ends on a beautiful morning in Felton that I hope will last:

Girls in tech: In Stormy Peters’ blog this morning, she speaks about an event just over the hill from us in Felton called Dare2BDigital. It’s being held Saturday at the Computer Science Museum in Mountain View, and for $35 for the kids (and $45 for the adults), it sounds like it’s well worth the price of a ticket. It’s a pity I didn’t know about this earlier, as I would have done more, but while there’s a good chance Mimi and I will attend, I should probably get more involved next year.

Tux Paint banned in Syria?: Horrors upon horrors! In a conversation with Tux Paint developer Bill Kendrick — an all-around good guy and the one who puts the “god” in LUGOD — he said someone in Syria asked him for an updated version of Tux Paint, but the person who requested it is in Syria and they couldn’t get it. Stop me if you’ve heard this one already: Sourceforge is following the letter of U.S. law and not allowing software to go to banned countries like Libya, Cuba, Iran . . . and Syria. If I remember correctly, software is considered a “weapon” when it comes to export regulations, and Tux Paint is, well, software, and could be wielded like — oh, I don’t know — a paintbrush against the United States. Sourceforge did its part, and I would not suggest that Sourceforge do otherwise, but it speaks to a bigger issue: How much of a threat to U.S. national security can programs like Tux Paint be? Is some Syrian or North Korean kid going to design a nuclear weapon using Tux Paint? Interestingly, this same conversation came up in Fedora Project circles a couple of years ago when Fedora couldn’t send the OS to Fedora Ambassadors in Iran for the same reason; in that case, despite being a remarkably far stretch in my opinion, I could see why the government would want Fedora not to send an OS to a country on that list. But Tux Paint? Nah-nuh-NAAAAA!

Be there or be square: The ninth annual Southern California Linux Expo — that’s SCALE 9X to you — is coming up in a couple of weeks — specifically Feb. 25-27 — and the $109 per night deal at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport hotel, where the expo is being held, is being snatched up by attendees. If you’re going, don’t miss out. Register now at the SCALE site and take advantage of staying at the Hilton. Tell them Larry the Free Software Guy sent you, and if you go to SCALE, stop by the Fedora booth to say “hello.”

[FSF Associate Member] (Fedora ambassador Larry Cafiero runs Redwood Digital Research in Felton, California, and is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation. He is also one of the founders of the Lindependence Project.)
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